Good news: OCI students eligible to apply for MBBS admission but not eligible for Government seats and NRI quota seats.


Reason and details follows in the following paragraphs.

The High Court of Karnataka orders to treat Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) on a par with Non-resident Indians (NRI); thus allowing them to become eligible for applying for admission; into the first year MBBS course for the year 2017-2018 under various categories.

However, the bench comprising of Justice H G Ramesh and Justice K S Mudagal said OCI students’ applications can be considered for various categories, but not for government seats.

Also the OCI students cannot be consider themselves eligible for NRI quota of medical admissions; the reason being that the NRIs provision is a creation as per the Supreme Court order.

OCI students eligible to apply for MBBS admission
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Rule 5 Challenge: OCI students eligible to apply for MBBS admission

The above developments took place when the OCI students found themselves ineligible to apply for government seats.


This is as per Rule 5 of Karnataka Selection of Candidates for Admission to Government Seats in Professional Educational Institutions Rules, 2006.

This Rule 5 was up for challenge by OCI candidates in the court of law.

Though the advocate of the OCI petitioners want the government seats too, however, the court upheld Rule 5.

Hence no chance for OCI for applying for government / NRI seats.